The Creative Writing Program will honor poet Philip Levine (1928-2015) with a tribute featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Sharon Olds and Yusef Komunyakaa, among others, on Thurs., Sept. 24, 7 p.m. at Cooper Union’s Great Hall.

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NYU's Creative Writing Program will honor poet Philip Levine (1928-2015), above, with a tribute featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Sharon Olds and Yusef Komunyakaa, among others, on Thurs., Sept. 24, 7 p.m. at Cooper Union’s Great Hall.

New York University’s Creative Writing Program will honor poet Philip Levine (1928-2015) with a tribute featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Sharon Olds and Yusef Komunyakaa, among others, on Thurs., Sept. 24, 7 p.m. at Cooper Union’s Great Hall (7 East 7th Street [at Astor Place]).

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.8816 or visit www.cwp.fas.nyu.edu. Subways: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street).

The evening will also include: Kate Daniels, Toi Derricotte, Juan Felipe Herrera, Edward Hirsch, Mari L’Esperance, Dorianne Laux, Paul Mariani, Jane Mead, Tomás Q. Morín, Tom Sleigh, David St. John, and Gerald Stern.

Levine (1928–2015), Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at the NYU Creative Writing Program for more than 15 years, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995, the National Book Award in 1980 and 1991, the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1979, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize in 1977. In 2011, he was named the 18th United States Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress. Other honors Levine received include the Frank O'Hara Prize, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and two fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation.

The event is co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Poetry and Literature Center, Library of Congress, Penguin Random House, the Poetry Society of America, Poets House, Queens College, and the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y.

Editor’s Note:
The NYU Creative Writing Program, among the most distinguished programs in the country, is a leading national center for the study of writing and literature. The undergraduate and graduate programs provide students with an opportunity to develop their craft while working closely with some of the finest poets and novelists writing today. The Creative Writing Program occupies a townhouse on West 10th Street in the same Greenwich Village neighborhood where so many writers have lived and worked. The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House allows writers—established and emerging—to share their work in an inspiring setting. For more, visit www.cwp.fas.nyu.edu.